homemade strawberry cake from scratch






homemade strawberry cake from scratch

Soft and fluffy homemade strawberry cake made with fresh strawberries and topped with creamy strawberry buttercream.

homemade strawberry cake from scratch

Middle of July already?? How? HOW? That can only mean one thing… We are more than halfway through our cake of the month adventure. How are we doing? Have you made any yet?

Today, we’re visiting a cake that I’ve had in my back pocket for many years. I used to make this fresh strawberry cake often for custom cake customers, and it was wildly popular in the summer months.




The reason I’m bringing it to the blog today is that it showcases one of the best fruits summer has to offer: fresh strawberries

homemade strawberry cake from scratch

NO GELATIN, JUST REAL STRAWBERRIES

Back in the day, when I developed this recipe, I took to Google and Pinterest to find a homemade strawberry cake that was made with actual fruit. Can you believe it?

Have you ever tried to search for a fresh strawberry cake recipe from scratch? Or a strawberry cake recipe without gelatin? I found a lot of recipes were made with strawberry jelly, jam, or even Jell-O, but that’s not at all what I was looking for.



I wanted soft, fluffy cake dotted with actual bits of strawberries and a strawberry cake without gelatin. I found strawberry cupcakes from Brown Eyed Baker that I figured I could turn into a cake, and after a few tries, I settled on this lovely little number I’m sharing with you today.

homemade strawberry cake from scratch

HOW TO MAKE FRESH STRAWBERRY CAKE

The ingredients in this fabulous strawberry layer cake are nothing you haven’t seen already in a cake. Nothing special, nothing fancy, and no artificial flavors.


You’ll be getting 100% of the strawberry flavor in this cake from actual, juicy strawberries. 2 cups of them! That’s about 16 large strawberries. So much flavor!


homemade strawberry cake from scratch


The cake itself lends to a soft and fluffy texture. You might think this cake should be dense and heavy, but it is absolutely not. It’s basically like eating a strawberry cloud. Can you dig it?

The only thing that makes this easy strawberry cake better is the absolutely creamy dreamy strawberry buttercream that gets slathered all over every inch of it. Ohhh, it is SO GOOD.

THE SECRET TO STRAWBERRY BUTTERCREAM


I spent a whole lot of time trying to make strawberry frosting in my past cake baker life, and I always failed miserably. I never got the right ratio of strawberries to sugar and butter to get great flavor and also avoid making a sloppy, drippy mess.

I even tried using strawberry puree, but still didn’t love the result.

Like I said, failed miserably. It wasn’t until I had a lightbulb moment and wondered if freeze-dried strawberries might do the trick. Spoiler alert: they were perfect.


homemade strawberry cake from scratch


We can get freeze-dried strawberries in the dried fruit section of our grocery store, so if you aren’t sure yours carries them, check that section carefully! I was surprised to find them there.


You’ll need to blend up approximately 1 cup of the freeze-dried strawberries, winding up with about 1/2 cup of strawberry powder. That will go directly into your basic buttercream (the same recipe I use here) and it will lend the most wonderful strawberry flavor while also keeping the integrity of your sturdy buttercream intact.

Win-win, people!

homemade strawberry cake from scratch


The second you have a taste of this homemade strawberry cake with strawberry buttercream, you’ll wonder where this cake has been all of your summers so far. It is the perfect way to use up that beautiful produce that is just calling your name every time you’re in the grocery store, and you won’t regret the time it takes to the hull and chop all those strawberries. Totally worth the work.


This is, hands down, the best strawberry cake recipe I have ever had. Ever.

We dined on this sweet and slightly tart cake all 4th of July weekend, and it was a huge hit everywhere it went, which was, surprisingly, a few people’s houses.

In fact (!!!!), our son has proved not to love cake so much (I’m a little heartbroken), but he couldn’t get enough of this stuff. Perhaps it was all the fruitiness, who knows, but you definitely need this cake in your life this summer.


homemade strawberry cake from scratch


Besides, just look at those gorgeous strawberry studs and the color of that buttercream! Who can resist that?



Ingredients

STRAWBERRY CAKE

  1. 3 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 4 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  5. 2 cups granulated sugar
  6. 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  7. 3 large eggs
  8. 1 large egg white
  9. 1 cup milk any
  10. 2 cups finely chopped strawberries approximately 16 large strawberries

STRAWBERRY BUTTERCREAM

  1. 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries
  2. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  3. 4 cups powdered sugar
  4. 1/4 cup milk or cream
  5. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  6. salt to taste

Instructions

STRAWBERRY CAKE

  1. Place the oven rack in the middle setting and preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour (or use homemade cake release) two 8" or 9" round cake pans.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl with a handheld mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla until pale (approximately 3 minutes). Add the eggs and egg white one at a time, allowing each to incorporate before adding the next one and scraping the. Scrape down the sides of the bowl when necessary.
  4. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture in 2 parts, alternating with the milk. Gently fold in strawberries by hand.
  5. Divide batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. Bake cakes for about 40-44 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the tops are lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow cakes to cool completely on a wire rack before assembling.

STRAWBERRY BUTTERCREAM

  1. Using a blender or food processor, process the freeze-dried strawberries into a fine powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl with a handheld mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes.
  3. With the mixer on low, add in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk or cream. Add the strawberry powder, increase mixer speed to medium, and beat until completely smooth, about 3 minutes. If frosting is too stiff, add more milk. If it is too thin, add more powdered sugar. Add salt to taste.

ASSEMBLE THE CAKE

  1. Trim cooled cake layers to create a flat surface. You can do this with a large serrated knife or a cake leveler. Place one layer on a plate or cake stand and cover the top with strawberry buttercream frosting. Spread evenly with an offset spatula.
  2. Place the second layer on top, cut the surface down. For a sturdier cake, refrigerate at this point for about 10 minutes. When the cake is slightly chilled, remove from refrigerator and spread more frosting on the top and around the sides. Serve. Leftovers stay fresh, covered tightly, at room temperature up to 5 days and in the refrigerator up to 1 week.
  3. Make ahead: prepare cakes and frosting up to 1 day in advance. Cover cakes tightly and keep at room temperature or in the refrigerator until ready to assemble. Refrigerate prepared frosting in an airtight container until ready to use. Unfrosted cake layers may be frozen, wrapped tightly, up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before assembling. Frosted cake can be frozen, wrapped tightly, up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving.


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